ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - This fire season has already taxed lots of state and federal resources.
And with the Fourth of July close by Gov. Susana Martinez is asking everyone not to use fireworks at all.
On Saturday Martinez said with the drought continuing any fireworks put the state at risk for another big, dangerous wildfire.
A fire in any New Mexican community pulls in resources that should be fighting fires elsewhere, she added.
Many New Mexico jurisdictions including Bernalillo County and the city of Albuquerque routinely enact firework restrictions.
But with what firefighters call "extreme weather conditions" and more than 86,000 acres burned in the state's four major active wildfires now, the governor says it's best to leave fireworks to the pros.
"Go see public display fireworks," Martinez told KRQE News 13. "They are safe, they have firefighters nearby and they're bigger and better and more fun.
"And so don't use any of these aerial fireworks. We're asking the communities to please ban them, and if it rains, great, we lift the ban"
The governor added people also need to be careful pulling off on the roadside because hot exhaust piping can easily ignite brush underneath.
Also open fires are still banned on all state and much private land
Earlier this week Martinez signed an executive order granting $750,000 toward replanting forest lands in the Tres Lagunas burn area north of Pecos and the Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez Mountains west of Los Alamos.
Those fires are now both 90 percent contained.
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